Charles George Bonner
|Charles George Bonner|
Lieutenant Charles Bonner c.1917
29 December 1884|
|Died||7 February 1951
|Battles/wars||First World War|
Distinguished Service Cross
|Other work||Marine salvage expert|
Charles George Bonner VC, DSC (29 December 1884 – 7 February 1951) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
On 8 August 1917 in the Bay of Biscay, Atlantic, Lieutenant Bonner, now a lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve, was with HMS Dunraven (one of the 'Q' or 'mystery' ships playing the part of an unobservant merchantman) when she was shelled by an enemy submarine. The lieutenant was in the thick of the fighting and throughout the whole of the action his pluck and determination had a considerable influence on the crew. For his actions, Bonner was awarded the Victoria Cross. Ernest Herbert Pitcher also received the Victoria Cross for his involvement.
He later achieved the rank of captain in the Merchant Navy.
Bonner, who died at home in Edinburgh in 1951 aged 66, was cremated at Warriston Crematorium. His ashes were buried in St Mary's Churchyard, Aldridge, West Midlands. In November 2007, a commemorative plaque to Captain Bonner was unveiled in Aldridge, and an annual parade is held every year to honour his life and achievement. In December 2009, a memorial plaque to Bonner and two other recipients of the Victoria Cross, James Thompson and John Henry Carless, was unveiled at the Town Hall in Walsall, England.
- "No. 30363". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 October 1917. p. 11315.
- Lloyd, Matt (30 December 2009). "Black Country Victoria Cross winners are honoured". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- VCs of the First World War - The Naval VCs (Stephen Snelling, 2002)
- Location of grave and VC medal (Staffordshire)